Rookie Tylor Megill struck out a career-high 10 in a career-long seven innings and the New York Mets took advantage of a string of mental and physical mistakes by the reeling Yankees to rout their Bronx rival, 10-3, Friday night at Citi Field in the opener of the season’s second Subway Series.
Making the 15th start of his first big league season, Megill (3-4) allowed four hits and walked one as the Mets got back to .500 at 71-71. The 26-year-old righthander threw up to 97.2 mph, well above his 94.5 mph average coming in.
The Yankees lost their season-high seventh in a row and for the 11th time in 13 games following a 13-game winning streak. They remain a half-game ahead of Toronto for the AL’s second wild-card berth, the Blue Jays and Robbie Ray surprisingly beaten in Baltimore, 6-3.
Catcher Gary Sánchez had a pair of glaring defensive lapses, and third baseman Gio Urshela and shortstop Gleyber Torres made throwing errors that led to three runs.
Jordan Montgomery (5-6) allowed a career-high seven runs in 3⅓ innings — just five runs were earned. Francisco Lindor chased him with an opposite-field home run just inside the right-field pole.
Meanwhile in Baltimore, Cedric Mullins and Ryan McKenna homered off Robbie Ray and the Orioles ended Toronto’s season-high winning streak at eight. Anthony Santander also had a three-run shot in the seventh inning off Julian Merryweather (0-1) that traveled 423 feet and gave Baltimore the decisive lead.
Ray, who was the American League Player of the Week, allowed three runs and a season-high eight hits and eight strikeouts over 4⅓ innings. It was his shortest outing since June 18 against Baltimore.
Two ovations for returning Kris Bryant, one win for Giants over Cubs at Wrigley Field
Kris Bryant drew a pair of standing ovations in his return to Wrigley Field, then Evan Longoria and Brandon Belt homered in the seventh inning to send the San Francisco Giants over the Chicago Cubs, 6-1, for their fifth straight win.
The Giants, who entered 2½ games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West, improved to a major league-best 91-50.
It was 1-all when Longoria hit a two-run homer that put San Francisco ahead. Belt connected for a two-run drive later in the inning.
Rookie Frank Schwindel hit a solo drive for the Cubs, giving him 12 homers and seven in the last 11 games. Chicago lost for just the second time in 10 games.
Bryant was traded to the Giants for two prospects at the July 30 deadline as the rebuilding Cubs unloaded marquee stars who were set to become free agents after this season. After watching a pregame video tribute while standing in front of the Giants dugout, the 29-year-old strolled to home plate for handshakes and hugs with Cubs owner Tom Ricketts and other team officials.
The Cubs presented Bryant with a 2016 World Series championship pennant and a replica No. 17 panel — his uniform number in Chicago — from Wrigley Field’s vintage center-field scoreboard. The crowd cheered again when he struck out to end the first inning; he went 0 for 3 with a walk, run, and struck out swinging twice.
Trevor Bauer’s leave extended, won’t pitch again in 2021
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer will miss the rest of the season. Major League Baseball and the players’ association extended his paid administrative leave through the end of the World Series.
Bauer was placed on seven days paid leave July 2 under the MLB and players’ union’s joint domestic violence and sexual assault policy after a Southern California woman said he choked her into unconsciousness, punched her repeatedly, and had anal sex with her without her consent during two sexual encounters earlier this year. MLB and the union have since agreed to several extensions.
The decision to extend the leave through the rest of the season had been expected, given that Bauer had not pitched since June 29 and was running out of time to get back in shape to return to the mound while games remained. The regular season is scheduled to end Oct. 3 and the minimum ramp-up time for pitchers is generally regarded as three weeks.
Bauer, 8-2 and a 2.59 ERA in 17 appearances in his first season with the Dodgers, will be paid his $28 million salary.
Bauer’s representatives issued a statement saying he had agreed to extend his administrative leave through the playoffs “in a measure of good faith and in an effort to minimize any distraction to the Dodgers organization and his teammates.”
“He continues to cooperate with the MLB investigation and refute the baseless allegations against him,” the statement said. “Again, by definition administrative leave is neither a disciplinary action nor does it in any way reflect a finding in the league’s investigation.”
Tampa’s Wander Franco extends streak, leaves game limping
Tampa Bay Rays rookie Wander Franco extended his on-base streak to 39 games against Detroit, then exited in the first inning with tightness in his right hamstring. With one out, Franco lined a single. Nelson Cruz followed with a double, but Franco limped into third. After being examined by team trainers, Franco left the game and was replaced at shortstop by Joey Wendle.
The 20-year-old Franco’s on-base streak is the second longest in major league history by a player under 21. Frank Robinson set the record with a 43-game string in 1956.
Shohei Ohtani hits No. 44, but gets hit hard by Houston
Shohei Ohtani hit his major league-leading 44th home run, but got tagged early by José Altuve, Alex Bregman, and the Houston Astros in a 10-5 over his Los Angeles Angels. Ohtani (9-2) had been 8-0 in his last 13 starts since May 28, and gave himself a lead when he hit a solo homer in the first inning, but the two-way sensation yielded six runs on a career-high nine hits in 3⅓ innings. Altuve and Bregman were a combined 5 for 5 against Ohtani . . . Jose Barrero made the most of an unexpected start by doubling in the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning, leading Cincinnati over fellow National League wild-card contender St. Louis, 4-2. The 23-year-old Barrero had two hits after he was recalled from Triple-A Louisville earlier in the day to fill in for infielder Kyle Farmer, who was placed on the paternity list . . . Jorge Soler had a two-run single during a five-run fifth inning, Ian Anderson tied a career high with nine strikeouts, and Atlanta padded its NL East lead to 4½ games with a 6-2 win over Miami when Colorado routed second-place Philadelphia, 11-2 . . . Ke’Bryan Hayes capped off a ninth-inning rally with an RBI single as Pittsburgh slipped past Washington, 4-3. Hayes completed a two-run comeback by sending a pitch from Nationals reliever Alberto Baldonado to right field, scoring Ben Gamel from third for the first walk-off hit of his career. The game was the return of former Pirates All-Star first baseman Josh Bell to PNC Park. Bell, who spent five seasons in Pittsburgh and made the All-Star team in 2019 before being traded to the Nationals last December, hit his 26th home run of the season for Washington, which was managed by bench coach Tim Bogar. Major League Baseball suspended Dave Martinez one game and starting pitcher Sean Nolin five games after ruling Nolin intentionally hit Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman on Wednesday night . . . Lorenzo Cain hit a grand slam to cap a six-run fifth inning, Eduardo Escobar homered from both sides of the plate, and Milwaukee dropped its magic number in the National League Central to nine with a 10-3 win over Cleveland . . . Andrew Benintendi had four hits and two home runs, the last a two-run shot in the 11th to send Kansas City to a 6-4 victory over the Twins in Minneapolis. Benintendi had five RBIs in his second multi-homer game of the season in Minnesota. He’s driven in 11 runs in his last three games.